Call for Papers: Workshop on “Thick Concepts in the Philosophy of Science”
3-4 December 2021 in Hannover, Germany
The 1.5-day-workshop aims at providing a forum for intense discussion on the role and value of thick concepts in the philosophy of science. It will consist of presentations by participants, and a workshop section that synthesizes the findings and discusses future avenues of development. It includes keynotes by Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge, online) and Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich).
We invite researchers to present their work in progress. The Call for Presentations, more details and updates can be found at thickconcepts.wordpress.com.
New publications at GRK 2073
We would like to draw your attention to new publications by members of GRK 2073:
Dethier, Corey (in press): The cooperative origins of epistemic rationality? Erkenntnis (online first).
Tollon, Fabio (2021): Do others mind? Moral agents without mental states. South African Journal of Philosophy 40(2), 182–194.
Tollon, Fabio (2021): Designed to Seduce: Epistemically Retrograde Ideation and YouTube’s Recommender System. International Journal of Technoethics 12(2), 60–71.
Save the date: 2022 Conference on “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”
The Research Training Group 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research” will host a two-day international conference on 29-30 September 2022 in the Leibnizhaus, Hannover, Germany.
We are committed to fostering an in-depth engagement between philosophers at different stages of their careers who contribute to bridging the divide between theoretical and practical issues in philosophy of science. To this end we will host diverse panels that address key ethical, political, and epistemological debates relating to practices of scientific research. More information about invited speakers and the call for abstracts will follow soon.
New affiliated postdoc
It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Tanja Rechnitzer of Leibniz University Hanover has become officially affiliated to GRK 2073. Welcome, Tanja!
New affiliated member
Martina Valković of Leibniz University Hanover has joined us as our new affiliated doctoral candidate. Welcome, Martina!
We would like to draw your attention to a new publication by the GRK’s doctoral researcher Fabio Tollon:
Tollon, Fabio. 2021. Artifacts and Affordances: from designed properties to possibilities for action. AI & Society.
Abstract: In this paper I critically evaluate the value neutrality thesis regarding technology and find it wanting. Specifically, I show how by virtue of their designed properties, artifacts may come to embody values. Such accounts, however, have several shortcomings. In agreement with Michael Klenk, I raise epistemic and metaphysical issues with respect to designed properties embodying value. The concept of an affordance, borrowed from ecological psychology, provides a more philosophically fruitful grounding to the potential way(s) in which artifacts might embody values. The affordance account as it is presented by Klenk, however, is insufficient. I therefore argue that we understand affordances based on whether they are meaningful, and, secondly, that we grade them based on their force.
Dr. Corey Dethier: New postdoc at Hannover
We are happy to announce that Dr. Corey Dethier has joined GRK 2073 as a postdoctoral researcher at Leibniz University Hanover. Welcome, Corey!
Leon-Philip Schäfer granted Start-Up Funding
Leon-Philip Schäfer, who submitted his doctoral thesis entitled “Wissenschaftlicher und moralischer Realismus” at Leibniz University Hanover in December 2020, has been successful in his application and will receive the GRK’s Start-Up Funding for Early-Career Researchers from January through June 2021. Congratulations on both, Leon!
The members of GRK2073 wish you happy holidays and a wonderful and healthy new year 2021!
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alkistis Elliott-Graves joins GRK2073 as Principal Investigator
As of December 2020, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alkistis Elliott-Graves is a Principal Investigator of Research Training Group 2073. She is a Juniorprofessorin (‘assistant professor’) of philosophy of science and philosophy of applied sciences at Bielefeld University, with a focus on ecology and climate science. Her research centres on conceptual and methodological questions that arise from the study of complex systems, especially those pertaining to applied scientific practice.
We are delighted to welcome Alkistis as our new member and look forward to working with her!
New doctoral candidates at Hannover
Four new doctoral candidates at GRK 2073
We are happy to announce that four new doctoral candidates are joining us in October 2020: Ina Gawel (Hannover), Luis Lopez (Hannover), Robert Frühstückl (Bielefeld), and Simon Hollnaicher (Bielefeld). Welcome to the GRK!
GRK members take next steps in their careers
Five of our accomplished members are leaving the GRK 2073 to move on to exciting new career paths in September and early October. We wish Dr. Saana Jukola, Dr. Anna Leuschner, Dr. des. Daria Jadreškić, Dr. des. Julia Pfeiff, and Dr. des. Enno Fischer all the best for their new positions!
Online Research Seminar: Philosophy of Economics (15 – 16 September 2020)
Professor Mantzavinos, who is visiting the Research Training Group 2073 as a Mercator Fellow, offered a research seminar in Philosophy of Economics. Its focus was on recent developments in the field and the aim is to have a discussion of topics such as institutions, heuristics, and evidence-based policy. Click to download the programme.
Blog post by Fabio Tollon featured on DailyNous
Fabio Tollon‘s blog post “YouTube: Designed to Seduce” was recently featured on DailyNous as a new link of interest to those interested in philosophy. Fabio’s article was originally published in the Monday Magazine of 3 Quarks Daily and on the blog of Ethical Intelligence.
New postdoc at Bielefeld
We are excited that Dr. Morgan Thompson has joined us as a postdoc at Bielefeld University. Welcome, Morgan, we look forward to working with you!
Successful dissertation defence
The GRK is happy to announce the successful dissertation defence by Enno Fischer. Well done, Enno, congratulations!
Successful dissertation defence
Julia Pfeiff has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation. Congratulations, Julia, great job!
We would like to draw your attention to a forthcoming publication by GRK 2073 doctoral researcher Enno Fischer:
Fischer, E. (forthcoming). Causation and the Problem of Disagreement. Philosophy of Science.
This paper presents a new argument for incorporating a distinction between default and deviant values into the formalism of causal models. The argument is based on considerations about how causal reasoners should represent disagreement over causes and it is defended against an objection that has been raised against earlier arguments for defaults.
New affiliated member
Jannik Zeiser of Hannover University has joined us as our new affiliated doctoral candidate. Welcome, Jannik!
Two successful dissertation defences in one week
New doctoral researcher at Hannover
We are very happy to welcome our new doctoral candidate at Hannover, Hannah Hilligardt. It’s great you are joining us!
We would like to draw your attention to two new publications by GRK 2073 postdoc Dr. Stefano Canali:
- Canali, S. (2020). Making Evidential Claims in Epidemiology: Three Strategies for the Study of the Exposome. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
How is data used as evidence in epidemiology? Building on relational views of data, Stefano Canali argues that the representational and evidential content of a dataset is specified by evidential claims. On this basis, he distinguishes and discusses three strategies currently used by epidemiologists to integrate, interpret and use large and varied datasets.
- Canali, S. (2020). What is New about the Exposome? Exploring Scientiﬁc Change in Contemporary Epidemiology. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(8), 2879.
This is a commentary for a mostly scientific audience, in which Stefano Canali analyses the origin and establishment of the exposome in the last decade of research in epidemiology. He argues that the exposome has been a significant innovation in this context – yet one that should not be seen in paradigmatic terms. This article belongs to the Special Issue The Exposome: State-of-the-Art and Future Perspectives.
Three new doctoral researchers
We are very happy to welcome three new doctoral candidates: Birgit Benzing (Leibniz University Hanover), David Stöllger (Bielefeld University), and Fabio Tollon (Bielefeld University). It’s great to have you here!
Our doctoral member Anna Höhl has started her stay as a Guest Researcher at the Institute for Science and Society at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Congratulations on this great opportunity!
Leonie Wiemeyer has started as the new coordinator. Click here for her contact details.
We have great news! Our funding agency DFG has extended our research group’s funding period for another four and a half years! We are very happy that our work has been appreciated and that we can continue to provide doctoral candidates and postdocs an opportunity to work and do research.
Therefore we are able to offer again 5 doctoral positions and 2 postdoc positions in ethics of science and/or philosophy of science. Please find further information here.
Felipe Romero (Groningen) gave a public lecture on Social Epistemology and
the Replicability Crisis on Monday, December 2, 2019, 16:00 – 17:15 at Leibniz University Hannover’s Conti building. Please find more information here.
Rui Francisco de Souza Só Maia, Saana Jukola and Dijana Magđinski Tolić (Bielefeld University / GRK 2073) co-organized a workshop on Contentious Science and Public Policy with Holger Straßheim (Bielefeld), Susanne Uusitalo (Turku), Robert Northcott (Birkbeck) and Jacob Stegenga (Cambridge). The workshop took place at Bielefeld University, November 6, 2019. Please find the poster with the complete program here. For further information contact email@example.com.
Our doctoral member Roel Visser started his Visiting Research Fellowship at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. Congratulations on this great opportunity!
Our colleagues from the Leibniz Center for Science and Society (LCSS) at Leibniz University Hannover offer several PhD positions in the area of Science Studies and Higher Education Studies. The offer is also open to philosophers. Please find the complete call here. Deadline for applications is May 27, 2019.
Our principal investigator Ralf Stoecker co-organizes the 1. Bielefelder Tag der Medizinethik: “Kommt eine Familie zum Arzt…” – Zur Rolle der Angehörigen in der Medizin at Bielefeld University, March 30, 2019. Please find the complete program here (in German).
Our colleagues from the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I²SoS) at Bielefeld University offer a PhD position in philosophy of science. Please find the complete call here.
Dr. Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam) gave her public lecture On the ethico-political dimension of phil-sci problems on Thursday, January 24, 2019, 16:00 s.t. – 17:15 at the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University. Please find more information here.
Our principal investigator Anke Büter won the DGPPN-Award for Philosophy and Ethics in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy 2018 by the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics for her work on Epistemic Injustice and Psychiatric Classification. Congratulations!
A warm welcome to our new doctoral candidates Anna Elisabeth Höhl in Bielefeld and Philipp Eichenberger and Jonas Lipski in Hannover! Furthermore a shout-out to Markus Ahlers and Martin Wasmer who have been affiliated doctoral members since this summer. It’s great to have you here!
The program for the conference Causes, Norms, and Decisions at Leibniz Universität Hannover, August 15-17, 2018, is online now! You can find it on the workshop website. The event was co-organized by Enno Fischer, Mathias Frisch, and Sebastian Krug.
Saana Jukola, Anke Büter, Daria Jadreškić and Julia Pfeiff organized a workshop on Philosophy of medicine meets social epistemology. The workshop took place at Leibniz Universität Hannover, June 7-8, 2018. Please find further information and the call for papers here.
Christine Hauskeller (University of Exeter) was at Bielefeld to discuss Philosophy at the Intersection of Life Sciences and Society. Besides a talk on Stem cell research. The intersection of scientific facts and social values (July 10, 2018), she gave a workshop on Empirical Methods and Normative Issues in Philosophy of Science (July 11, 2018). Please find detailed information here.
Jutta Schickore (Indiana University Bloomington) visited Bielefeld University to teach the workshop Scientific Method: Testing, Experimenting, Controlling Results (June 29, 2018). Please find the detailed program here.
The program for the workshop Philosophy of medicine meets social epistemology at Leibniz Universität Hannover, June 7-8, 2018, is online now! You can find it on the workshop website. The event was co-organized by Saana Jukola, Anke Büter, Daria Jadreškić and Julia Pfeiff.
Our colleagues from the Leibniz Center Science and Society (LCSS) at Leibniz Universität Hannover offer up to six PhD positions in the area of Science Studies or Higher Education Research, open for candidates from the disciplines of economics, political science, sociology, law, and philosophy. Please find the complete call here: German/English
Anna Leuschner and Mathias Frisch have co-organized a workshop on Climate Science and Public Interests at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institute of Philosophy, May 25-26, 2018. Please have a look at the program and the book of abstracts for further information.
Enno Fischer, Mathias Frisch, and Sebastian Krug (Hannover) organized a workshop on Causes, Norms, and Decisions. The workshop took place at Leibniz Universität Hannover, August 15-17, 2018. Please find the call for papers here. The deadline for contributions is May 1, 2018. For further information, please visit the workshop website.
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ernst (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) gave his public lecture Too true to be good. On two kinds of rationality on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 16:00-17:15 at Bielefeld University. Please find more information here.
Dr. Anna Leuschner’s symposium Climate Science and Public Interests: Social Values and Climate Change (co-organized with Greg Lusk) has been awarded the PSA 2018 Women’s Caucus Prize. It took place during this year’s Philosophy of Science Association Meeting in Seattle. Congratulations!
We have moved! The Hannover part of the group has a new address. Please find our contact information here.
A warm welcome to our new doctoral candidates: Rui Francisco de Souza Só Maia and Dijana Magđinski in Bielefeld, Leon-Philip Schäfer and Tobias Schönwitz in Hannover. We are thrilled to have you here!
Stefano Canali, Mathias Frisch, and Thomas Reydon (Leibniz Universität Hannover / GRK 2073) organized a workshop on Making Sense Of Data In The Sciences. Philosophical Perspectives on the Methodology, Epistemology and Practices of Data-Intensive Science. The workshop took place at Leibniz Universität Hannover, October 26-27, 2017. Please find further information and the complete program here.
Mathias Frisch (Leibniz Universität Hannover / GRK 2073) co-organized a workshop on Symmetries and Asymmetries in Physics. The workshop took place at Leibniz Universität Hannover, July 6-8, 2017. Please find further information here.
Prof. Philip Kitcher (Columbia University) visited the GRK from June 12 to June 14. As part of his stay, he gave a public lecture as well as a keynote at the workshop Progress in Science and Society at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Have a look at our poster for further information.
The GRK 2073 was co-organizer of the workshop Inclusion and Exclusion in Philosophy (Leibniz Universität Hannover, June 20-22, 2017). Please find the program and abstracts here.
Anna Leuschner (Leibniz Universität Hannover / GRK 2073) and David Ludwig (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) organized a workshop on Inclusion and Exclusion in Philosophy. The workshop took place at Leibniz Universität Hannover, June 20-22, 2017 in collaboration with the GRK 2073. Please find further information here.
Silvia Ivani, M.A. (Tilburg University) gave her public lecture Challenging the Dichotomy of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Values: Feminist Values and Evolutionary Psychology on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, 14:45-16:00 in the rooms of the Graduiertenkolleg (Am Klagesmarkt 14-17) at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Please find more information here.
Prof. Dr. James Wilberding (Bochum) gave a public lecture on “Philosophie und Embryologie in der Antike” at Bielefeld University on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
Dr. Christine Bratu (LMU Munich) gave a public lecture on “Selbstachtung und Anerkennung” (23.11.2016) as well as a workshop on “Auschlussmechanismen in der akademischen Philosophie” (24.11.2016) at Bielefeld University.
Dr. Carlo Martini (TINT Helsinki) gave a public lecture Integrating Evidence and Expertise: An Epistemological and Practical Problem on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 15:30 – 16:45 at the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University. Please find more information here.
In October 2015, Anna Leuschner co-organized (together with Laszlo Kosolosky, Ghent University) a workshop on The Epistemic Role of Manufactured Dissent in Climate Science. The workshop was supported by GRK2073. Süddeutsche Zeitung reports on the workshop in the form of a whole-page feature.
The article is now also available in English.
Dr. Susanne Uusitalo (University of Helsinki) gave a public lecture On the two roles of gambling in research and their relation to self-control on Monday, July 11th, 2016, 15:30 – 16:45 at the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University. Please find more information here.
Dr. David Ludwig (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) gave a public lecture Naturalness vs. Social Critique? on Friday, May 27th, 2016, 14:00-15:15 at the Institute of Philosophy at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Please find more information here.
For the Bielefeld Masterclass in Philosophy 2016 Prof. Dr. Hasok Chang gave several lectures on Pragmatism and Pluralism in the Philosophy of Science. The masterclass took place from May 23rd till 25th, 2016 at the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University. Please find further information here.
In October 2015, Anna Leuschner co-organized (together with Laszlo Kosolosky, Ghent University) a workshop on The Epistemic Role of Manufactured Dissent in Climate Science. The workshop is supported by GRK2073. Süddeutsche Zeitung reports on the workshop in the form of a whole-page feature.